Hmm. Unfortunately this wasn't quite what I was looking for in a book about the War of 1812. It started out as a promising book, but boy, I sure am not wanting a blow by blow description of each naval battle. I don't know a frigate from a sloop of war, and I certainly don't understand the naval or nautical jargon the author populated this book with. Based on the subtitle I should have guessed that this book was not going to be quite what I was after, but it seemed like a good place to start. I am looking for something that focuses more on the politics of this war and how it figures into the development of the United States. I get that this war was crucial in the formation of the US Navy, and it's natural that there would be focus on that, but I need the broader political picture first.